Have you ever heard of Blue Monday? I'm not talking about the catchy '80s hit by New Order. This coming Monday, January 15, is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year, , a tutor at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Cardiff University, who coined the term in 2005.
Arnall calculated that the third Monday in January was the gloomiest of the year for the following reasons: The holidays are over. You're short on money because you spent it all in December. The weather is cold and gray. You're likely to have already given up on your New Year's Resolutions already.
While Blue Monday has been by scientists who say the idea trivializes clinical depression, if you find yourself feeling a little bit overwhelmed or stuck in a rut this Monday, here are five easy things you can do to brighten your day.
Treat Yourself to Flowers
Science has proven that on our emotional well-being. Buy yourself a bouquet, or better yet, share the love and send some to your mom, best friend or sister, too. even has a bouquet they made specifically for Blue Monday made with a combo of white roses, blue-dipped ruscus and leucadendron and paint-splattered fuji mums that comes with a colorful vase a spa set.
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Spending time outdoors have been scientifically proven to combat depression and loneliness. There's nothing wrong with wrapping yourself up in a blanket with a cup of tea and a new book to beat the winter blahs, but if you've already got cabin fever this season make a point to spend the day outdoors this Monday, especially if have the day off work for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In fact, all U.S. National Parks are free this coming Monday for that reason, so if you live close enough to one, make a day trip and explore America's best idea to get out of your cold-weather rut.
Move Your Body
Even if it's too cold to explore nature where you live, try putting that brand-new gym membership to use or sign up for a yoga class. Even if you've already realized that your New Year's resolution to fit into the jeans you bought 10 years ago may be putting too much pressure on yourself, make time to exercise today for the sake of your happiness. Exercise and will make you calmer and happier.
Showing gratitude has been . Make a mental list of all the things you're thankful for in your life today, or if you have more than 10 minutes to spare, write a few thank you notes to your loved ones for the Christmas presents they gave you last month, or just because. Everyone loves to get mail and you'll get a quick mood boost from appreciating all the wonderful people in your life.
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Find Your Ikigai
If you're feeling a little lost this year, take this Monday to refocus your efforts on finding your purpose in life. While that may sound like a daunting task, the Japanese concept of ikigai—or a reason for being—could help you get out of a rut and figure out what you'd like to accomplish this year. To find your ikigai, make a list of what you love, what you're good at, what the world needs and what you can be paid for and look for what falls in the intersection of those four lists.
Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, $13.85,